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Do vote counts for Joe Biden in the 2020 election violate Benford's Law?
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This answer only addresses the second charts. I'll let Mathematician Matt Parker address Benford's Law. I can confirm [the result is] actually exactly what you'd expect, that's not out of order... ...

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Did the UK homicide rate go up after handgun ownership was banned?
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234 votes

The numbers are cherry-picked. When you dig into sites that present this argument, they all appear to be strong advocates against regulating firearms, which makes me suspicious. Is this statistic ...

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Does drinking diluted chlorine dioxide protect against COVID-19?
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219 votes

DO NOT DRINK BLEACH! Chlorine dioxide is a type of bleach. The Blue Ridge Poisoning Center at University of Virginia Health put out a specific warning not to drink bleach. There is a lot of confusing,...

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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?
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172 votes

The articles try to do some sleight-of-hand poorly. It goes on at great length about the accepted Milankovitch cycles (mostly taken straight from the NASA article, the same agency which is supposed to ...

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Did "Antifa in Portland" issue an "anonymous tip" in Nov that John E. Sullivan be “locked out” of their circles because he is "agent provocateur"?
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Let's clarify, there's no "Antifa in Portland" organization. There's a lot of groups who identify as Antifa in the City of Portland, Oregon, and a lot of groups who don't but are labelled ...

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Did the single motherhood rate among black Americans jump from 20% to 70% since the 1960s?
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I'm just providing the numbers. No claim about the cause can be made. Shapiro is claiming an increase from a low rate (by today's standards) in the early sixties up to a high rate today, while MLK ...

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Has the US COVID-19 lockdown resulted in more years of life lost than COVID-19 itself?
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Maybe, but this article doesn't show that. It is deeply flawed. It is a reiteration of the "sacrifice the elderly" argument with more statistics. The article uses the incorrect points of ...

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Do windmills in freezing climates require power so they don't seize up?
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38 votes

Yes, but it's a small fraction of what they produce. Wind turbines need measures to deal with cold and ice. Heating is one of them. Canada address the problem in Wind Energy in Cold Climates. Based ...

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The Arizona Election Recount 2021: Would Chinese paper prove there was an election fraud?
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No. This is a logical fallacy of the form: some men are tall, you are tall, therefore you are the man who stole $20 out of my wallet because because I think I'm supposed to have $20 more. There's a ...

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Is Shiva Ayyadurai's statistical analysis of the 2020 election evidence of widespread fraud?
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Mathematician Matt Parker did a video on this subject where he points out an error by omission (ie. cherry-picking) and an error in the analysis. When those are corrected, we see the expected strong ...

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Did China's Chang'e 5 land before November 30th 2020?
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No That is somebody superimposing an extremely large dot over a video of the Moon... or perhaps a concrete wall. The scale is quite wrong The Chang'e 5 decent module is, at most, 5 meters wide; the ...

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Does New York restrict voting more than Georgia's new law?
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Does New York actually have stricter voting restrictions than Georgia? Rather than trying to come up with some objective measure of voting restrictions, I'll cover the claims, the regulations, and ...

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Do 50% of Canadians live south of the 45°42′N latitude?
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Close Enough The claim is from 2015. Canada in 2016 had a population of 35,151,728. Looking at the 2016 population for Census Metropolitan Areas in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia in that area with ...

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Should you wash tuna cans before opening them?
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It's not a bad idea, but tuna cans, and most other cans, are packed in boxes or wrapped in plastic at the production line and not opened until they reach the store. The greater concern is probably all ...

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Did Georgia absentee voting expire before the election was over?
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I believe the claim is this one from the Georgia Star News. Before we get into the details, let's cover the whopper. Claim: The emergency order allowing absentee voting in Georgia expired five days ...

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Has non-TSI solar output increased over the past century in ways the IPCC climate models ignore?
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Has non-TSI solar output increased over the past century in ways the IPCC climate models ignore? Probably not. What Professor Shaviv has done is shown that it is possible to make a simple climate ...

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Are these claims about the changes in the economy during Obama accurate?
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Mostly correct and accurate On a glance, the numbers are entirely plausible. Obama took office during the Great Recession and his opening numbers will reflect a poor economic situation. He left office ...

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Does the Covid-19 vaccine create anti-bodies that out-compete your natural broad spectrum anti-bodies?
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Some quick searches shows the author appears to be a legitimate scientist with published papers (however, none about vaccines), a speaker in the field of vaccines, and on the advisory board of ...

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Will China soon have a bigger navy than the USA?
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According to the US Navy, yes. The CNN article references Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power and Dr. Andrew Erickson Professor of Strategy in the U.S. Naval War ...

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Is most intermediate level radioactive waste according to UK regulations barely radioactive?
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[intermediate level nuclear waste] is not radiologically dangerous in any realistic way This is false to the point of being irresponsible. If you put a completely legal luminous watch in a barrel ...

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Did a recent Senate report vindicate the Mueller investigation?
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Did a recent Senate report vindicate the Mueller investigation? This is begging the question. Does the Mueller report need vindication? Much of the Mueller report remains redacted, and the article ...

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Have "government handouts" increased the suicide rate in Alaska?
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The claim is not supported by the data nor experts The claim is that "government handouts" are the single largest driver of suicide rates in Alaska. It's unclear what Young is referring to. ...

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Is the shadow on this Dracula billboard cast by the stakes?
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Here is a timelapse reveal of the effect. The shadow appears to be created by the light on the left. For another thing, there is only one light source, but if you look closely, you can see shadows ...

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Did the World Bank discredit any claims related to Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine?
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Joe Biden is addressing the full context of the claim that he got Viktor Shokin fired to protect Burisma and Hunter Biden from investigation by Shokin. The $3.5 million is a new claim recently tacked ...

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Did 80% of Soviet males born in 1923 die in WWII?
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Depending on what version of this claim you read, they will state 80% died "in WWII" or "did not survive WWII". Either way, the implication is 80% of the male population of 1923 was killed during ...

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Do modern diesel cars emit fewer fine dust particles than they suck out of the air when driving in a big city?
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Examining the 2017 paper Gasoline cars produce more carbonaceous particulate matter than modern filter-equipped diesel cars published in Nature, I find no mention of diesel cars reducing particulate ...

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Are results of carbon dating cross referenced by other methods?
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Known history Because the range of times which can be measured by radiocarbon dating overlap with known history, it can be cross-checked with known history established by other means. The original ...

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Is it true that there is not enough electricity to power all vehicles in the United States if they were electric?
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We're using as much or more energy right now The claim implies the counter-factual fallacy: that nothing else will change. If all US motor vehicles switched to EV, then we'd save the 146 billion ...

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Feasibility of electric car production given current production levels of various elements and compounds
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a goal of 20M/year production by 2030. The chart is trying to use 2019 material production numbers as a surrogate for 2030 material production after a large increase in EV production. For this to be ...

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Was the Pepsico company command the 6th biggest military in the world for a brief time?
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No, and there's scant primary evidence the sale went through. Pepsi had a navy the same way a scrap dealer who is offered old tanks for scrap has an army. It certainly wasn't the 6th largest military. ...

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